of the three ghosts in A Christmas Carol. He learned things that not only
changed his life, but also the lives of others such as Tiny Tim and his
family. At first these changes came gradually, probably because they where
not really "fueled" by fear of what might be, but instead by remorse for
things he had already done. Not until the second and third spirits visit
Scrooge can a true change due to fear, not only in fear for what might be
during his life but also in the end.
His realization of what might be is seen first with the second of
the spirits. This spirit shows him people from all walks of life, miners,
sailors, and even lighthouse attendants, but of all the places he went, his
nephew's and the Cratchit's homes were probably the most disturbing. Fred,
Scrooge's own flesh and blood, began mocking his own uncle in a game he and
his guests played. In a way this is when Scrooge began to realize that the
truth hurts, and the truth was his life was a terrible mess of loneliness
and misery. He knew if he didn't do something soon his testimony to life
would be much like the things his nephew said about him in the game played
at the party.
Then there was the Cratchit's who seemed to be more grateful
towards Scrooge, a man who gave them barely enough money to buy food and
shelter, then they really should have been. At first when Scrooge sees Bob
stand to toast him he's almost filled with pride or at least an enlarged
ego, but when Mrs. Cratchit says in a fit of rage "I'll drink his health
for your sake, and the Day's, not for his. Long life to him! A merry
Christmas and a happy New Year! He'll be very merry and very happy I have
no doubt!" (Dikens, 80) Scrooge is only reminded of what he is and what he
may end up as.
The third and final ghost brings Scrooges own fear of his existence
into a new light by actually scaring Scrooge into realizing what his life... [continues]
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